GRANTS TO HONOUR THE SERVICE AND SACRIFICE OF MONBULK’S VETERANS

The Andrews Labor Government is giving communities all over Monbulk new opportunities to honour and commemorate the service of our veterans.

Member for Monbulk, James Merlino MP opened a new series of grants today designed to give locals a chance to reflect on their connections with Australia’s wartime history.

Our Restoring Community War Memorials and Avenues of Honour grants program helps communities all over Victoria update tired honour rolls and avenues of honour that commemorate the service of local veterans. Grants of up to $20,000 are available.

There are more than 1200 war memorials across Victoria, and many more honour rolls. Of the 325 Avenues of Honour planted since World War I, approximately 50 remain – but many are either overgrown or in need of repair.

So many Victorians have a connection with World War I. We’re helping deliver the projects or commemorative activities that commemorate the war that helped shape our history, and the many wars and peacekeeping conflicts since.

Grants of up to $80,000 are available for communities to put together the projects that leave a lasting legacy of our veterans and help young people learn about their service.

The Anzac Centenary Community Grants Program is administered by the Victorian Veterans Council and is designed to leave a lasting legacy for future generations to cherish. Grants of up to $20,000 per project are available.

Grant applications can be made at www.veterans.vic.gov.au/grants prior to February 14.

Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk, James Merlino MP

“We have a proud wartime history in Monbulk and it’s our duty to preserve that legacy.”

“This is a great opportunity for local organisations to complete the projects or initiatives that give our veterans the fitting commemoration they deserve.”